Information about an unfamiliar test raised a lot of questions for Tyler ISD parents who were introduced to the STAAR End of Course (EOC) Exams, the new statewide testing program for Texas high school students, which begins with this year’s 9th graders.
Parents of John Tyler High School freshmen listened carefully as Tyler ISD administrators explained various aspects of the new tests at a parent meeting last week.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS, starting in the 2011-2012 school year. Students in grades 3-8 will be tested under STAAR, and first-time high school freshmen and middle school students taking core high school courses will take STAAR EOC exams. Students in grades 10-12 will continue testing under the TAKS program.
STAAR will include more difficult testing and require a higher level of student performance. STAAR is designed to measure a student’s college and career readiness, starting in elementary school.